If you ask a child or even an adult you know what calcium does in the body, chances are you will hear that it helps to build strong bones. While this is true, calcium is far more important than solely making sure we have strong bones. This mineral is also important to build strong teeth, help with blood clotting, sending and receiving nerve signals, releasing hormones, and keeping a normal heartbeat.
Calcium cannot do much at all by itself.
Without vitamin D, our bones would be in trouble, no matter how much calcium we consumed. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains proper blood calcium levels, which allows for normal bone mineralization and prevents low blood calcium levels.
Calcium cannot be made by the body, which means it needs to be consumed through our food or supplements. Dairy products have high levels of calcium, but are not the only foods where you can get adequate calcium levels. Green leafy vegetables can also provide your body with what it needs in regards to calcium and are also a good source for iron and vitamins A, C, K, and folate.
Some examples of green leafy vegetables that provide these great sources are broccoli, collards, kale, mustard greens. If you hate dairy products and leafy greens, then you are in luck because you can still eat foods such as salmon, sardines, almonds, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and more to get calcium. If you ever find you need to supplement for your calcium intake, the best form is calcium citrate at no more than 500mg at a time. This form is easier for the body to absorb.
The two main take aways from this blog are dairy products, specifically milk are not the only sources of calcium and that calcium has many essential roles in the body beyond building strong bones.
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